Aruba Unveils Software-Based Mobile Networking Offering
The HPE company's new Mobile First Platform includes upgrades to its ArubaOS, ClearPass Meridian and Central products.Aruba Networks officials are embracing the idea that having a developer ecosystem around their products will help accelerate the pace of innovation beyond what a single vendor can do. Aruba, a subsidiary of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), is rolling out its Mobile First Platform, a software layer that uses APIs to enable third-party developers and businesses to quickly improve current applications or create new ones based on the vendor's wireless networking technologies. With such trends as automation, the proliferation of mobile devices, data analytics and the internet of things (IoT), businesses need to adapt quickly to changes in the IT environment, according to Aruba officials. The company is enabling that through the introduction of the software-based Mobile First Platform, which echoes what other tech vendors in networking and other segments are doing to make their technologies better suited for today's environment. For example, IBM three years ago kicked off the OpenPower Foundation to attract third-party vendors and developers to create solutions on top of IBM's Power chip architecture, believing that having multiple parties involved will drive innovation faster than having IBM alone do all the work. Over the last 10 years, innovation in the mobile world is occurring every couple of months, but it's been impossible to change the networking infrastructure to keep up with that pace, according to Ozer Dondurmacioglu, senior director of product and solutions marketing at Aruba. IT infrastructure refreshes tend to come every three to seven years.
"You need infrastructure that can adapt to the innovation every few months," Dondurmacioglu told eWEEK. The Mobile First Platform is "designed to accelerate innovation with the large ecosystem we have rather than just have the innovation come from us."